"Things happen to people by accident," She used to say. " A lot of nice accidents have happened to me. It just happened that I always liked lessons and books and could remember things when I learned them. It just happened that I was born with a father who was beautiful and nice and clever, and could give me everything I liked. Perhaps I have not really a good temper at all, but if you have everything you want and everyone is kind to you, how can help but be good-tempered? I don't know"- looking quite serious- "how I shall ever find out whether I am really a nice child or a horrid one. Perhaps I am a hideous child and no one will ever know, just because I never have any trials."
"Lavinia has no trials," said Ermengarde, stolidly "and she is horrid enough."
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett